Oral surgery during pregnancy is one of the most frequently asked questions. Pregnant women are naturally concerned about their baby’s health and do not want to take any risks. Whenever you need oral surgery and are pregnant, this is always something to discuss. 

Pregnant women are typically not advised to undergo oral surgery, and we are committed to protecting the health of your child. During pregnancy, we avoid both general anesthesia and sedation, and will only use local anesthesia. According to a study conducted by the American Dental Association, local anesthetics do not harm an unborn child. 

Is it important which trimester I am in? 

The stage of a patient’s pregnancy is another factor we consider. First and second trimesters are usually safe for oral surgery that does not require sedation. The third trimester is a risky time for surgery when pregnant, so we avoid all procedures during this time. 

Our team works closely with you to determine what is truly medically necessary, and we recommend postponing surgery until after the baby is born if you need oral surgery. 

Can Oral Surgery Be Done Before Pregnancy? 

If you are actively trying to conceive, we always recommend you visit our office to ensure you have no health issues. This way, we can determine if any issues need immediate attention and what can wait until after the baby is born. Our office encourages our patients to schedule any oral surgery as soon as possible, so they won’t have to worry during pregnancy. 

Is it a good idea to postpone oral surgery until after childbirth? 

It is always recommended to wait until after childbirth if you are pregnant and need oral surgery. Oral surgery is only recommended when the mother’s health is at risk. Surgery is always avoided during the third trimester and every precaution is taken. Our top priority is the health and well-being of you and your child. There is usually no immediate need to perform surgery during pregnancy, and most oral surgeries can be postponed. 

During pregnancy, we recommend patients see their dentist for their regular exams and cleanings so they can ensure everything looks and feels great. A dental x-ray may be taken during your exam to examine your mouth and jaw more closely. The use of X-rays during pregnancy is safe, and at a low radiation level, there is no risk to the developing fetus. The patient is required to wear a shield during x-rays, which provides an additional level of protection. 

Whether you are actively trying to become pregnant or are currently pregnant, your health is our top priority. Each member of our oral surgery team works hard to ensure your safety, and we are here to help you every step of the way. 

Have any other questions about pregnancy and oral surgery? 

If you think you need to be seen and would like to schedule an appointment, we recommend that you visit our office. Our staff will be happy to provide you with an assessment and work with you to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs during your pregnancy. Any questions you may have can be answered by our knowledgeable staff. 

Please contact our oral surgery office to schedule a consultation. We are happy to help!

Chicago Dental Implants, Oral & Facial Surgery
Phone: (708) 301-5000
10713 W 159th Street
Orland Park, IL 60467